June 4 Newsletter
June 4 Weekly
St. Mary's Prepares to Welcome Back Parishioners
Effective June 26, Archbishop Lori lifts the general dispensation from attending Sunday Mass in person as well as most pandemic restrictions. We are planning for the return of all Masses to the church and for the return of altar servers, sacristans, and Eucharistic ministers over time.
If you are interested in returning to a previous ministry or starting a new one, please confirm with Barbara Sadler that you are fully approved in Virtus.
Watch Fr. Kunkel's Welcome Back Message
Year of the Eucharist Begins!
Beginning this weekend, we will start each Mass with a Prayer to Jesus in the Eucharist. There will also be a musical interlude after Communion to provide time for personal prayer. Watch for more activities and opportunities to celebrate the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Congratulations to all our Graduating Seniors and to those receiving
the St. Mary's Senior Awards.
The recipients of the St. Mary's Emmaus Award for Outstanding Peer Ministry and Servant Leadership are:
Changes to Weekend Assisting Priests.
June 20 is Fr. Mike Schleupner's final Sunday as a weekend assistant to St. Mary's. We are pleased to welcome Fr. Dick Tillman as our new assisting priest. Fr. Dick has already started celebrating Masses on the weekends and some weekdays. We are hoping to add an another regular visiting priest in July.
Welcome the Baptized.
Lilly Elizabeth Hadfield daughter of Jeffrey & Victoria.
Weekend Worship Aids and Online Mass
St. Mary's Weekly Bulletin
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Pray for Our Beloved Dead
Carmela J. Layton
First Communion Class of 2021
Congratulations to the class receiving First Communion on June 5
Emily Ann Esgro
Lila Grace Fennington
Abigail Jayne Friedman Aliyah Grace Hall
Grace Marie Kiedrowski Olive Elizabeth Kilby
Nolan David Lucker Thomas Cole Martin
Nellie Raven Nicolai Matthew Oettel
Adelyn Marie Phillips Michael William Phillips
Noelle Elizabeth Riley Noella Lin Rose
Penelope Marie Warne Turner Garrett Sadowski
Maura Anne Tompkins
Around the Parish
St. Mary Plans for the Year of the Eucharist - June 2021 to June 2022
This weekend begins the Archdiocesan-wide celebration of the Year of the Eucharist. The Liturgy Committee is developing plans for activities throughout the next 12 months to heighten our awareness of the gift of the Eucharist. Beginning this weekend we are adding two changes to Sunday Mass - the recitation of a Prayer to Jesus in the Eucharist before Mass begins and a meditative musical interlude after Communion. Watch for more events in coming months!
Prayer to Jesus in the Eucharist
O Fire of Love!
Was it not enough to gift us
With creation in your image and likeness,
And to create us anew to grace in your Son’s blood,
Without giving us yourself as food,
The whole of Divine Being,
The whole of God?
O Boundless Charity!
Just as you gave us yourself,
Wholly God and wholly human,
So, you left us all of yourself as food,
As bread and wine,
So that while we are pilgrims in this life,
We might not collapse in our weariness,
But be strengthened by You, heavenly food.
Let us recognize You, as your disciples did,
At the breaking of the bread,
So that the Eucharistic Communion will truly be
The light that dispels darkness,
The force that sustains us
The unique joy of our hearts.
Adapted by Fr. A. Henry Kunkel III
Prayer for Those Graduating
Father, I’ve been blessed with knowledge. Please show me how to use this knowledge to make the world I live in a little better place. I want so much to make life with its problems a little bit easier to face. Grant me faith and courage and put purpose in my days. Show me, please, how to serve you in effective ways. I pray my education, my knowledge, and my skill may find their true fulfillment as I learn to do Your Will. And may I be aware, in everything I do, that knowledge comes from learning, and Wisdom comes from You.
Welcome to Msgr. Richard Tillman,
a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, who served for over 30 years as pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Columbia MD. Fr. Dick is celebrating weekend and weekday Masses to assist Fr. Kunkel.
Please consider recurring on-line giving.
Our parish often sees significant fluctuations in offertory contributions throughout the year, particularly during the summer. This past year we saw a decline as COVID required the parish to take precautionary steps to limit attendance based on state guidelines.
These fluctuations pose a challenge. You can help overcome some of these challenges by setting up recurring gifts online that occur even when you are not able to attend Mass. Yes, we have the offertory envelopes, but, if a majority of our parishioners give online, the budget becomes more stable and there is less guesswork in meeting our fiscal responsibilities!
Online giving may not be the appropriate choice for everyone, Please prayerfully consider registering for online giving so that your generosity and assistance may be acknowledged year round. Click this giving link to get started today! .
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Our Daily Bread.
Our next distribution of casserole pans will be held on July 10th-11th. If you have any questions, please contact Bob at
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The Food Pantry, June 18.
We are always in need of volunteers for the Food Pantry. If you are interested, please contact Sue Pardo (firstname.lastname@example.org). It only requires a few hours several Saturdays a year. Volunteers must be Virtus trained.
Eighth and Ninth Months
(size: about 18 inches) In the last two months the baby continues to gain weight. She is developing a layer of fat that will keep her warm after birth. In the 9th month she will shift to a head-down position, preparing for birth. Her lungs are now fully developed and capable of making the transition to breathing air. After birth she will continue the human growth process for approximately the next 80 years.
Each week, we pray for a group of elected officials without including titles, states or party affiliation so we remember they are our brothers and sisters, children of God, sinners like us. This week, add these names to your prayers:
Don Bacon, Tom McClintock, Jerry McNerney, H. Morgan Griffith, Grace Napolitano, August Pfluger, Conor Lamb, Jason Smith, Brad Wenstrup, Mario Diaz-Balart, Jake Auchincloss, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lauren Boebert, Stacey Plaskett, David Schweikert, Darrell Issa, Donald Norcross, Jerold Nadler and Nikema Williams
Add also your local and state representatives. Pray they will submit to God’s holy will.
Fatherhood is celebrated during the month of June.
With this year being the Year of St. Joseph, we could say Fatherhood is being highlighted all year long. The life of St. Joseph demonstrates the ideal model for men and the nature of fatherhood within them. Just as Mary became “the handmaid of the Lord,” Joseph submitted and obeyed to protect and serve Mary and Jesus. Lift up the men in your life through prayer and generosity.
Consider a donation to organizations that support men and families:
Water Street Mission (Lancaster, PA) https://wsm.org
Paul’s Place (Baltimore, MD) https://paulsplaceoutreach.org
Sharp Dressed Man (Baltimore, MD) https://www.sharpdressedman.org
Helping Up Mission (Baltimore, MD) https://helpingupmission.org
News from the Archdiocese
Archbishop Lori's Message on Year of the Eucharist
Archbishop's Letter Lifting the General Dispensation and COVID Restrictions
One Water EcoFest,
2-4pm at Churchville Presbyterian Church
Come on outside and join Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and our Environmental Allies from across Harford County for a family friendly event featuring presentations, exhibitions and more. You can check out our
for more details, and
don’t forget to sign up for our Free-Tree-Giveaway!
Free-Native Tree-Giveaway (pre-register to claim your tree
Critter Bingo, face-painting, “seed-bombs”, visits with a turtle and other fun activities for children
a pollinator garden tour
a guided nature walk
presentations from local environmental groups and CPC will debut plans for their upcoming stormwater mitigation project
Our event will also feature exhibitions and interactive tables from 8 different environmental groups from across Harford County and the Bay region. Come play a round of critter bingo, check out an interactive watershed model, meet an Eastern Box Turtle, and so much more.
Join us as well for a 3:30-4pm Nature Walk around Churchville Presbyterian’s campus to learn all about Native Plants, their role in stormwater infrastructure, and the important relationships they share with our region's most iconic wildlife. No expertise required, only a smile!
If you are interested in our June 6th EcoFest please check out our events page, and don’t forget to reserve your Free-Tree.
Please feel free to reach out to
for any questions you might have about our event. We can’t wait to see you there!
Masses and Communion
: June 7-13
Monday 9:00 AM Anthony & Catherine Kunkel
Tuesday 9:00 AM Debra Beck
Wednesday 9:00 AM Jeffrey Ayers
Thursday 9:00 AM Otto Weber Jr.
Friday 9:00 AM Communion Service
Saturday 4:00 PM Camille Kiedrowski
Sunday 8:00 AM Nancy Novicki
9:30 AM All Volunteers for Fr. Kunkel’s 50th Anniversary Mass.
11:30 AM Joanne Mills
4:00 PM. Parish Hall
Sunday 8:00 AM Parish Hall
9:30 AM Church and Livestream
11:30 AM Church
Daily Mass or Communion Service
in the Church, Rosary at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday Sunrise Communion Service
in the Church.
in the Parish Center. Line up in the hallway outside the classroom door.
Get Mass Updates
Catholics in Maryland and Pennsylvania are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Archbishop Lori is lifting the dispensation effective June 26, 2021.
St. Mary's makes Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM available on Facebook.
Cancellation Notices on St. Mary's website.
are located on the parish website. Consult it when weather or other conditions might affect parish activities.
Prayer, Sacraments, Events and Contact Inf
The 2021 Our Prayer Book
usually displayed near the altar
is not readily accessible for many parishioners to enter their own prayer intentions. St. Mary's Care Ministry is adding names and dates as you would like them to appear. Please send names and dates to
he Prayer Chain
is a group of parishioners available to pray for your needs. Send intentions to Mary Washburn : 410-937-5766 or email
Weddings and Funerals
Masses for weddings and funerals are arranged through the parish office. Contact the parish staff for further guidance.
Canceled Events and Activities
The parish buildings are beginning to re-open to the public. Religious services, faith formation and parish ministries are meeting in our buildings. A schedule of public events and parish activities is being developed.
Contact the Parish Office to arrange for Baptisms and the Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing).
The Sacrament of the Sick for in-patients is available through the hospital chaplains.
Volunteering for the Parish
Volunteers are the backbone of the parish and we welcome new volunteers with open arms. However, in the world today we must do everything we can to protect all people of all ages, the church and also yourself.
If you are ready and willing to give of your time and talent to be a part of one or more of our many ministries, please contact Barbara Sadler, Extension 22 or
for the information and guidance of the required Virtus training. The training will provide insight for the protection of all age groups and the responsibilities. DON’T WORRY!! It is an easy procedure.
St. Mary's Website
Parish Office: 410 879-4015
1021 St. Mary's Road
Pylesville, MD 21132
Email Addresses for Parish Staff
Pastor, Fr. Henry Kunkel
Administrative Assistant, Diana Weidner
Business Manager, Barbara Sadler
Coordinator of Religious Education, Karen Dietz email@example.com
Youth Ministry/Confirmation and Contemporary Music Coordinator Rachel Bittner firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenance Larry Glos email@example.com
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